In this Issue 

Meeting the Needs of Our Time

“I am constantly amazed by what our Mount Mercy family achieves. In the classroom, in the community, and in your everyday lives, you live, breathe, and support the transformational effects of an education focused on academic excellence and compassionate service.”

No Place Like Home

For the first time in the athletic program’s history, the MMU Mustangs have a permanent outdoor home-field advantage of their very own.

No Hurdles in Her Way

Sudanese immigrant Receva Duos ’18, who has overcome great hardships, finds abundant blessings at MMU as a standout student-athlete and leader.

Play Ball!

Mustang baseball alumnus Jun Endo ’13 returns to Los Angeles for a career at Fox Sports, where he blends his love for journalism with athletics.

Education program gives undergraduates real-world view of teaching

MMU's Professional Development School (PDS) program exposes education students to real-life classrooms in the Cedar Rapids community.

Simply the Best

MMU’s 2017 Hall of Fame inductees shine as only Mustangs can with compassion, commitment, and character in their legacy of athletic and professional success.

Honoring Value in Every Person and Every Story

Eden Wales Freedman, assistant professor of English, builds an interdisciplinary diversity studies program, where students can contemplate and cross-examine diversity components, linking them to their courses of study.

Nursing Faculty Provide Aid to Displaced Syrians

Since 2011, conflict has devastated Syria. The civil war has forced 5.3 million people out of the Middle Eastern country—half under the age of 18. Nursing faculty members Anne Hartman and Darcey Rosenblum couldn’t stand idle as the war passed its sixth year.

Raising Awareness About Human Trafficking in Iowa

Taylor Houston, assistant professor of sociology, partners with Kaitlin Gregerson ’19 to identify and gather information about the individuals, professionals, and organizations providing human trafficking victim services in Iowa.

Students Help Advance a Rich and Varied World of Academic Research

Mount Mercy prides itself on the experiential learning opportunities afforded to its students, on and off campus. Undergraduate students working on faculty-led research projects demonstrate the scope of science topics being tackled.

Celebrating Published Works

The MMU community recognizes work creating an impact.

A Voice for the Victim

Marion Police Lt. Scott Elam ’16 MA demonstrates Mercy compassion, giving crime victims a voice and helping them navigate the justice system.

Goodness and Mercy

Andy Hayward ’06 helps prisoners at the Anamosa State Penitentiary earn their high school degrees.

Sister Shari Leaves Lasting Legacy

After 14 years of faithful leadership, Sister Shari Sutherland ’71 announced her plans for retirement.

Bernstein Named Distinguished Fellow

Neil Bernstein, professor of biology, won the prestigious Distinguished Fellow award from the Iowa Academy of Science.

The Power of Pushing the Limits

From student to assistant professor of business and interim dean of students, Nate Klein ’07 exemplifies Mercy values and makes a positive impact.

Traveling to Meet the Need

Service trips give students a first-hand perspective of America’s rich cultural diversity and the opportunity to serve where genuine need exists.

Religious Studies Program Evolves

The updated program better accommodates students with multiple majors and facilitates a better understanding of self, relationships, and one's place within the world.

Sustainability Efforts Ramp Up

A $425,000 grant from Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies will be used to promote sustainability literacy and stewardship practices, expanding the university’s commitment to serving the common good.

Mount Mercy Hosts Iowa’s First MakerNurse Workshop

Nurses created out-of-the-box solutions to solve workplace challenges and address patient discomfort.

MONEY Magazine Ranks MMU #1 in Iowa

The Time-affiliated ranking puts Mount Mercy at No. 87 in the nation among 711 schools—50 spots higher than in 2016.

Fall 2017: New Academic Programs

Nine new graduate and undergraduate programs were introduced this fall.

Olson Gift Positions MFT Program for Substantial Growth

The Olsons’ $1 million gift to establish an endowed chair in the MFT program will enable cutting-edge teaching, research, and leadership, and attract exceptional students along with nationwide recognition.

Divided We Fall: Finding Common Ground in a Fractured Age

The 2017 Fall Faculty Series explored how today’s biggest issues can be resolved through courage and compassion.

DAN+SHAY Perform at MMU

More than 1,350 people packed Upper Andreas Parking Lot to see the band perform hits like “How Not To” and “Nothin’ Like You.”

Alumni Reunion Weekend

MMU welcomed its largest-ever Alumni Reunion Weekend crowd to the newly opened Robert W. Plaster Athletic Complex Sept. 29–Oct. 1.

15th Annual Golf Classic

Now in its 15th year, the 2017 event drew a record 144 participants, raising just over $59,000 for the Mustang Athletic Club.

Bean Honored at Employee Awards

Roberta Bean received the inaugural Distinguished Staff Award, named after Sister Mary Eleanor Cashman.

MMU Honors Outstanding Alumni

Mount Mercy recognized four alumni for their professional accomplishments and service to the community with its annual Alumni Awards.

Class Notes

Stay connected with MMU alumni updates—including weddings, births, promotions, anniversaries, awards, and more.

Alumni Board President Passes Torch

We thank Tony Dickinson ’02 for his service and welcome Peg Bruns Detweiler ’92 as our new Alumni Board president.

From the Archives

Under Coach Bob Timmons, the 1987 Mount Mercy softball team became state champions.